For a Real Workplace Revolution, Embrace Diversity

Ooooo! Look at this stock photo! It's a buncha multicultural folks of different genders bein' all diverse in the workplace and stuff!

Ooooo! Look at this stock photo! It's a buncha multicultural folks of different genders bein' all diverse in the workplace and stuff!

According to several studies, businesses that maintain cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity in the workplace have advantages over those who don't.

But how do you establish diversity in the first place?

In this article for The Guardian, Emily Bell argues that one way to establish diversity is to avoid focusing too much on considerations of "culture fit" in your hiring practices. She suggests that hiring people who are very much alike in certain key areas -- who have what journalist Nate Silver calls "clubhouse chemistry" -- could backfire. Sure, you should build a team that works well together and rallies around a shared vision for your organization. But you should also focus on hiring divergent individuals to create the workplace diversity that leads to creativity and other benefits.

If you were building a new journalism startup or launching any other new venture, how would avoid, in the words of Emily Bell, "filling it with all these white men?" How would you build a team of diverse thinkers?

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